BRANCATO BRINGS IT HOME AS #1 BC DEFEATS #2 SJR

January 28, 2022 – Montvale, NJ – It was an outstanding match that saw the Crusaders take seven bouts and St. Joseph take seven.  Starting at the 285-pound weight class, four straight matches went the distance and all in favor of SJR.  The Green Knights led 13-0 as junior Aiden Wallace took the mat.

BC’s Rafi Bailey and Benji Shue started off the night with a 285-lb double header on the JV level.

Wallace, one of the Crusaders’ most recent county champions got the BC crowd on its feet with a 5-3, hard-fought victory at 126 pounds.  He was followed up by a major decision by Ryan Ford and another win by decision from August Hibbler, wrestling in place of an injured Joe Cangro at 138 pounds.  That put BC within striking range at 10-13.

BC’s Giacamo Dente, a true pro, representing the Crusaders well at the scorer’s table.

Chris Bacchione became the first of two Crusaders who would earn six points for the team, winning by pinfall a 2:13.

After Eric Broadie wrestled an outstanding match and got edged in sudden victory overtime, Nick Fea’s exclamation point pin just 31 seconds into his bout generated some real momentum.

Justin Onello’s victory at 165 helped BC to 25-16, ultimately just enough points to win the bout.  But it would not become clear until the end as Leo Varga and AJ Fricchione both dropped tight bouts setting up Remy Brancato at 215 pounds to decide a match that was within the value of one decision at 25-23.

Fea was on a mission Friday night.  He wasted no time giving BC a 22-16  lead, pinning his opponent in 0:31.

Brancato wrestled with terrific athleticism and speed and proved too much for his opponent who did move as quickly or cleanly as Remy.  His 5-1 victory answered the question, at least for Friday night.

In the end, BC’s bonus points outscored the hosting Green Knights by a final score of 28-23.

WT NAME FINAL BC-SJR
285 Dominick Brogna LMD 14-6 0-4
106 Brian Melamud LD 6-5 0-7
113 Chris Nucifora LD 6-5 0-10
120 Noah Kochman LD 0-4 0-13
126 Aiden Wallace WD 5-3 3-13
132 Ryan Ford WMD 10-2 7-13
138 August Hibler WD 9-4 10-13
144 Christopher Bacchioni WPF 2:13 16-13
150 Eric Broadie LD 3-1 OT 16-16
157 Nick Fea WPF 0:31 22-16
165 Justin Onello WD 6-5 25-16
175 Leo Varga LMD 12-4 25-20
190 AJ Fricchione LD 6-3 25-23
215 Remy Brancato WD 5-1 28-23